Founded:
1860
Contact Title:
Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement
Contact Name:
Kendall Bowen
Address:
1800 College Ave
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone Number:
(217) 228-5227
Fax Number:
(217) 228-5656
Email:
advancement@quincy.edu
Website:
www.quincy.edu
Opportunities:
QU Fund, Planned Giving, and Endowments

Communities:
Quincy, IL
Categories:
Education, Faith Based Organizations

Quincy University

Mission:
Quincy University stands as a Catholic, independent, liberal arts institution of higher learning in the Franciscan tradition.  Inspired by the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi, we respect each person as a sister or brother with dignity, value, and worth.  We work for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.  We prepare men and women for leadership and for the transformation of the world by educating them to seek knowledge that leads to wisdom.  We welcome and invite all to share our spirit and life.
History:
Quincy University (QU) was founded as St. Francis Solanus College in 1860, as one of the first initiatives of German Franciscan friars who arrived in the Midwest.  The friars served the rural region by providing liberal arts education in the Catholic, Franciscan tradition.  The University, chartered by the State of Illinois in 1873 and accredited since 1954 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities, has undergone name changes as well as changes in its scope and responsibilities.  Through each milestone, QU has remained guided by Christian educational values and a Catholic and Franciscan vision of the liberal arts.
Highlights:
Through a blending of liberal arts and professional education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Quincy University provides programs and courses of study rich in cultural experiences and strong in assuring the means of living humanly, reflectively, and productively in a technological world.  In conjunction with academic offerings, the University offers experiential and leadership opportunities for students including: numerous internships, over 40 clubs and organizations, Campus Ministry and service projects, 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports, music ensembles, and art programs. Quincy University offers cultural and human resources impacting Quincy-area communities, which include Gray Gallery Art Series; Town and Gown Reading and Lecture Series; Pursuit of Learning in Society (POLIS) for life-long learning; the Reading Center program; 200-seat theatre; library including a rare book archive, and three chapels with daily Masses.  Quincy University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a four-year university.  It is approved by the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board to offer education programs for elementary and high school teacher certification.  Quincy University is a constituent member of the National Catholic Education Association of American Colleges, and is affiliated with the Catholic University of America.
Ways to Give:
Quincy University depends on the support of its donors to maintain and invigorate academic quality.  Donors can support the University by making a gift in one of the following ways: make an online gift at www.quincy.edu/advancement. Mail a gift to Quincy University Office of Advancement, 1800 College Avenue, Quincy, IL  62301. Make a gift by phone using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card by calling (217-) 228-5227 or (800) 688-4295, ext. 3450. To make a Planned or Estate Gift, transfer stocks, bonds and mutual funds, or electronically transfer funds from a bank, contact Julie Bell, Vice President for University Advancement at (217) 228-5229.  For more information about investing in QU, visit our website: www.quincy.edu/advancement.
Options:
Annual Giving:  Gifts to the QU Fund are investments in our students and a meaningful way to help sustain the University's greatest needs every year.  Support provides scholarship assistance for deserving students; technology upgrades for innovative student and faculty interaction; enhanced academic and co-curricular program experiences, and campus enhancement. Planned Giving:  Planned Giving enables one to leave a legacy for one's family, one's friends, and Quincy University.  The Heritage Society honors loyal individuals who include QU in their estate plans.  These gifts are important in strengthening and sustaining the University's future.  A bequest allows the donor to designate to QU a specific amount, a specific assets, a percent of the total, or a share of the remainder of their estate.  A gift of retirement assets allows the donor to avoid estate and income taxes on their retirement plans by naming QU as a beneficiary of part or all of it.  A gift of life insurance allows the donor to name QU as a beneficiary of part or all of the policy proceeds.  A retained life estate allows the donor to give QU a home, farm, or other property but continue to live there.  One can specify the purpose of the gift.  Be sure to seek the advice of your financial advisor when considering a Planned or Estate Gift.  For further information, donors should contact Julie Bell, Vice President for University Advancement, by calling (217-228-5229. Endowment:  The primary purpose of the Quincy University Endowment is to provide for the long-term financial health and stability of the University.  A dynamic endowment provides a growing, consistent, reliable, basic source of income.  Contributions to the QU Endowment are invested to provide dependable annual income for scholarships and academic program development and enhancement, for QU\\\'s students now and in the future.  Gifts of $25,000 will establish an Endowed Scholarship fund; $100,000 will establish an Excellence Scholarship fund, or a fund for a faculty development project; $500,000 will establish a Laureate Scholarship fund, or a fund for the development of an academic department; $1,000,000 will establish a St. Francis Scholarship fund, or an Endowed Professorship chair.  Funds can be named \\\"in honor of\\\" or \\\"in memory of\\\" a loved one or special person.